Work starts on Lillyhall 'nuclear' campus

Sod-cutting ceremony
Image caption A sod-cutting ceremony was held on the site

Work on a college teaching the skills needed for future nuclear and energy projects has got under way in Cumbria.

A sod-cutting ceremony was held for the £7m Britain's Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre at Lillyhall, Workington.

The centre of excellence, on the Lakes College site, will cater for up to 600 students when it fully opens in 2013.

It aims to ensure that local people can take on the jobs created by anticipated development of various infrastructure projects in west Cumbria.

The project is managed by Cumbria County Council, built by Esh Construction, and funded by Britain's Energy Coast in partnership with Nuclear Management Partners, Britain's Energy Coast Campus and Lakes College.

Councillor Norman Clarkson, chairman of the county council said: "This construction project is all about building a bright future for young people in west Cumbria.

"We saw the foundations being laid on the new building, which is a fitting metaphor for the foundations being created in training young people. We're all working together and we're all working hard to deliver this new building."

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